When we postpone the harvest, the fruit rots, but when we postpone our problems, they keep on growing.
Painting source: UN International children's art competition, Mariam Marukian, 13 years old girl from Armenia
"There is great virtue in the American way, which expects CEOs to perform on a quarterly basis, presidents and Congresses to reinvent politics in 100 days, generals to wipe out opponents in 100 hours without taking significant casualties, doctors to save life and limb every time, search engines to yield a million results in less than a second, and so on. There is also great virtue in the belief that what is bad can be made good, and that what is good can be made great, and that what is fractionally less than great is downright awful.
But these virtues can spawn vices. One is impatience. Another is a culture of chronic complaint. A third is the belief that every problem has a solution, that trial is possible without error, that risks must always be zero, that every inconvenience is an outrage, every setback a disaster and every mishap a plausible basis for a lawsuit."
This was an excellent article in WSJ, I don't post semi-political articles here, but this is worth reading and just pondering! Read the whole thing, it will make more sense.
If I had to choose one New Year resolution, it would be to have an "infinite patience". Patience with my children, my husband, my family and my self. Impatience breeds fear, stress and discouragement. In this fast paste world, we get used to immediate results and immediate gratification. We as society loosing the art of being patient, and lose so much because of this.
Confucius ( 551 B.C. - 479 B.C. ) warned us being impatience, about 2500 years ago!
"Do not desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished."
Think about it, how much we loose in our life (emotionally and materially) by not having the patience? Hmm, I sure had my share of failures. Anyway, I want to leave you with Wayne Dyer's words who says:
" Patience manifests in confidence, dicisiveness, and feeling of peaceful satisfaction. As you look at your own life, examine how frequently you demand an immediate indicator of success for yourself and other and attempt instead to see the larger picture. When you are on purpose and see the larger picture, you are able to let go of an inclination to seek validation in the form of merit badges and immediate applause"
May God grant you and me the "infinite patience" for the year 2008.